Automatic Imposition Using Hotfolders

hotfoldersThis feature is only available in Montax imposer ProHot version.

Montax imposer ProHot supports automatic imposition using watched folders (hotfolders). Watched folders can be added and configured in menu (Edit->Watched folder settings).

Adobe Acrobat (Plug-in version) or Montax Hotfolders Monitor (Application version) must be running for automatic imposition, while Montax imposer can be running, but it does not have to. If an automatic imposition is being made and we work in Montax at the same time some functions of Montax can be slower than usual, for example PDF import and export or preview rendering.

Hotfolder imposition is based on imposition settings in main application - as the template for hotfolder is used imposition created in the application. Also all settings available in main application are available as well in hotfolders (except Pages palette, which changes source pages).

Hotfolder Setup

First it is necessary to select a template – the appearance of imposition that will be used for the automatic imposition. This can be achieved by using the currently opened imposition or selecting another one which was saved earlier. Then it is necessary to select the path to the watched folder and its name. The folder will be created in the selected path, the selected template (with .mox extension) will be copied into its subfolder "template" and another sub-folder "out-name" will be created. PDF files copied into the watch folder will be imposed according to the template into the "out-name" folder together with the source PDF and a file containing information about the imposition (.log extension).

A sub folder "m-in-name" will be created to impose a group of files at once (e.g. pictures). The imposition will be started if there are no new files copied into the folder during a period of 5 seconds. This way hundreds of pictures can be imposed to sheets automatically.

The created folder will be shown in the overview of watched folders. Here you can temporarily disable the folder (for example when it is located on a temporarily unavailable drive – USB, network drive etc.), or delete the folder – it will only be removed from the watched folder list and the data will not be affected. Unavailable folders or folders with a missing template (for example deleted by accident) are highlighted in red color.

Existing templates can also be edited in the watched folders overview – by right-clicking the folder you can select "Edit template for this folder", "Replace template for this folder with the active imposition" or "Replace template for this folder with saved imposition". If "Edit template" is selected the template will be opened in the program. After editing is done the template can be saved (after you reopen this setting and choose "Replace template with actual imposition" or save it from the menu File->Save as template).

You can select an action for a watched folder from the context menu. This action takes place afer the final PDF is generated. It can be:

  • Opened in Acrobat (for standalone application version in default application)
  • Opened in another program (or run a script or command); the name of the final file is given to the program or script as a parameter.
  • Moved to file
  • Copied to file

Furthermore you can choose if the files for impositions will be deleted or moved to out-name folder. You can also set, if a log file is generated even after successful PDF export. In case of an error a log is always generated.

To ensure proper functionality of automatic imposition the folder and the subfolder "out-name" must be writeable and the drive must have enough free space for the imposed file. When a new imposition of a previously imposed file is made the original files (both the imposed file and the log) are deleted. For example if you open the imposed file in Acrobat it is necessary to close it before making a new imposition because it needs to be overwritten. The new imposition will not be made until the file is closed (the file for imposition will remain in the folder). After the exported file is closed the automatic imposition will continue normally.

Automatic imposition works with only one page group and the features of Pages for imposition palette cannot be used while using it (only pages auto-rotation can be used). When more impositions are used it is recommended to use Automatic page assignment, otherwise all the pages will be imposed in all impositions.

The following conditions must be met in order to use Automatic imposition

  • Adobe Acrobat (Plug-in version) or Montax Hotfolders Monitor (Application version) must be running
  • Watched folders must be set
  • The watched folders and the "out-name" subfolder must be writable
  • The watched folder must contain the PDF for imposition
  • The "out-name" subfolder must contain enough free space for the exported files
  • The "template" subfolder must contain the template file (.mox), copied in while the watched folder was created
  • The exported PDF file and the log file (if they already exist) must be writeable (they cannot be opened in Acrobat etc.)